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Articles from the December 20, 2020 edition

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 By Lily Martin    News    December 20, 2020

Courthouse Cafe site of protest

PORTALES — Courthouse Cafe on Portales’ downtown square was the scene of a small, peaceful protest against public health orders on Friday afternoon. Owner Julie Rooney said customers were ordering their meals to-go and then chose to eat inside...

 
 By Lily Martin    News    December 20, 2020

Vaccine administered

The first doses of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine were administered at local hospitals last week. Roosevelt General Hospital began vaccinating employees last Tuesday and Plains Regional Medical Ce...

 
 By Lily Martin    News    December 20, 2020

Sagamore wraps construction phase

Xcel Energy’s Sagamore Wind Project wrapped up its construction phase with a virtual celebration and news conference Wednesday with project and state leaders. Project Manager Brian Hudson said the last turbine has been commissioned and all...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    December 20, 2020

Clovis acknowledges departing employees, rodeo champion

CLOVIS — The Clovis City Commission spent the early stretch of its Thursday meeting saying a heartfelt farewell to three employees totaling nearly half a century in city service, and said a proud hello to Clovis’ newest world rodeo champion. “F...

 

Meetings calendar - Dec. 20

Meetings are subject to change due to coronavirus concerns    Jan. 5  • Curry County Commission — 9 a.m., via Zoom. Information: https://www.currycounty.org/open-government/meeting-portal or 575-763-6016  • Clovis Civil Aviation Board — 5...

 

Events calendar - Dec. 20

Monday  • Virtual tour of Gennaro Natural History Collection — 10 a.m., ENMU Reads Facebook page. Video presentation by Dr. Darren Pollock of the ENMU Department of Biology. Information: http://www.facebook.com/ENMUReads/  • Christmas Star...

 

Opinion: Wayland Thomas: Workhorse won't be soon forgotten

Wayland Thomas had a full life. He drove a houseboat on the Mississippi River in 2018, caught a 42-pound uku snapper last March in Hawaii, went parasailing in the Bahamas with his granddaughters in...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Voices    December 20, 2020

Opinion: Pardoning Snowden indefensible

No one will ever accuse President Donald Trump of being overly careful in his exercise of his pardon power. So, it makes sense that advocates of Edward Snowden, the man responsible for the most...

 

Opinion: Don't shed any tears for Congress

Christmas in California has effectively been canceled by Emperor Gavin Newsom. And now it looks like here in L.A. we’re going to be locked in our basements by the local yahoos in charge until Februa...

 

Opinion: Netflix rebate comes at expense of NM taxpayers

New Mexico remains among the most locked down states in the nation when it comes to the Coronavirus. In October the state’s unemployment rate was among the highest in the nation at 8.1%. This...

 

Opinion: Republicans work against conservatives

It’s my fervent hope the two Georgia Senate runoff elections are the last time conservatives will be forced to vote for Republicans because no conservative alternatives exist. For over 30 years conservatives have been told by the rich who run the R...

 

Opinion: Magic of Christmas common sense, decency

We are just past the anniversary of the most horrific gun massacre in the history of the United States. This time of year, I'm overwhelmed with the memory of those little boys and girls who will...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    December 20, 2020

Clovis announces second round of CARES Act recommendations

CLOVIS — In happier years, the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce finds its most important work comes in promoting businesses and hosting events for residents and visitors alike. In what nobody would term a happy year due to the COVID-19...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    December 20, 2020

$1.32 million approved for golf course

CLOVIS — Thursday night turned into quite an expensive one for the City of Clovis, with commissioners begrudgingly acknowleding it was just par for the course. With commissioners noting they’ve invested too much into Colonial Park Golf Course to...

 

Police dog, suspect injured in chase

CLOVIS — An early morning police chase Thursday resulted in the arrest of a 25-year-old man charged with assaulting an officer and injuring a police dog. Court records show the chase began about 2 a.m. and lasted over an hour, ending after Efrain...

 
 By Lily Martin    News    December 20, 2020

Portales authorizes loan, grant agreement

PORTALES — The Portales City Council authorized a loan and grant agreement between the city and the New Mexico Finance Authority for $3.3 million for its water project fund and the costs inherent to it. Included in the costs are construction and de...

 
 By Kevin Wilson    News    December 20, 2020

Legislators preview session at EPCOG virtual forum

CLOVIS — A sense of optimism and a spirit of cooperation marked a Thursday morning look at the upcoming New Mexico legislative session, with state and federal elected officials joining the Eastern Plains Council of Government’s virtual forum....

 

Jail log - Dec. 20

Booked The following were booked into local jails (Tuesday-Friday): Clovis • Jayson Clement, 42, windshields must be unobstructed & equipped with wipers, failure to register vehicle, no insurance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a...

 

Public record - Dec. 20

The following marriage licenses were recently issued at the Curry County Clerk’s office: • Nathaniel Madrid, 27, and Gabrielle Saiz, 25, both of Clovis • Keegan Carney, 21, and Megan Zin, 20, both of Clovis • Jason Mitchell, 39, and Wiktoria...

 

Wildcats sign D-I letters

CLOVIS - It's been a fall with plenty of unfortunate firsts, particularly for the Clovis High football team. There have been practices, but no first scrimmages, no first games, no first district...

 

New Home pulls away to victory

FARWELL - Playing shorthanded didn't seem to be a big issue on Saturday for the New Home girls basketball team. Locked in a seesaw battle with Farwell, the Lady Leopards suddenly caught fire with six...

 

Mustangs dominate young Sudan team

BOVINA — Bovina boys coach Eric Fierro has some empathy for what Sudan is going through this season. The Mustangs took full advantage of Sudan’s youth and inexperience on Friday to register a 69-40 victory, and head into a three-week holiday brea...

 

Bovina girls take second win over Friona

FRIONA — Relatively speaking, Bovina’s girls played a near-flawless game on Tuesday. Senior Ireydi Vela scored 20 of her 22 points in the first half, all nine Bovina players scored and the Fillies dominated defensively as well in a 61-23 rout of...

 

Real celebration of Christmas not lessened by pandemic, pain

The family part of Christmas is going to be a bit hollow and cold this year. None of us wanted a pandemic at Christmas. It’s been a year of fear, frustration and pain. We’ve suffered anxiety and...

 

Light salads ahead on show

Information on making light flavorful salads using unique ingredients, why houseplants are good for you and your health and using a chalk paste to create a custom set of house cutouts will be the feat...

 

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